PMC began working in Mali in November of 2004. The present annual population growth rate is 3.02 percent--left unchanged, the population will triple by the year 2052.
PMC has worked in Mali to address a number of health and human rights issues. Two radio serial dramas have been broadcast with incredible success. Listeners of Jigi ma Tignè (“Hope Is Allowed”) were 2.6 times more likely than non-listeners to know at least two methods of contraception and places to obtain contraception. Listeners were also 2.4 times more likely to say that they approve of condom use as a means to prevent AIDS. Listeners of Cesiri Tono (“Fruits of Perseverance”) were half as likely as non-listeners to prioritize educating boys over girls (11% vs. 22%) and 31 percent of listeners had discussed exploitative child labor during the period of the program, compared to 17 percent of non-listeners.
Mali is a country only slightly larger than South Africa with a population of almost 16 million. Education is a key challenge in Mali because with so many children in families, school fees become prohibitive and some children, particularly girls, are not able to attend. In Mali, 81 percent of the adult population is unable to read and write. Population Institute has ranked Mali the 18th most vulnerable state in their 2015 Demographic Vulnerability Report
Female Genital Mutilation is also prevalent in Mali. According to the Demographic and Health Survey of 2001, 92 percent of women ages 15-49 report Female Genital Mutilation, making it one of the highest rates in the world.